Watch the Pitch Shifting Effects online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission
In the spirit of anarchy and all things rock n’ roll you should make it a habit to experiment beyond the boundaries of what has been set forth. In simpler terms, don’t always follow what the manual says! In this case, I find placing a distortion pedal of any kind in front of the Whammy pedal sounds superior to the recommended placement Digitech states in the manual, which is after the pedal. The manual warns you may confuse the processor and therefore produce undesirable results—I say, bring it on! In addition to some quirky artifacts that may appear due to my rogue signal chain I just think the Whammy’s output is better suited with a strong distortion or fuzz tone sent into it as heard on “Fumble Fingers”.
Just like the foot action seen in the Frequency Sweeping and Expression Pedals segment where I was rocking the M-Audio EX-P to control the filter sweep of the Electro-Harmonix H.O.G., the foot action here is important to pay close attention to. I use a few different moves such as starting out with the treadle in toe down position and quickly pulling back on the chord played on the downbeat for a reverse pitch sweep. Another example is when I engage the kill switch on the PP-5 and raise the treadle slowly from toe up so I can get plenty of elasticity to stutter. Also, look for the quick toe up to down laser gun sounding blips in the midst of the riff that seems to come from nowhere—a trick from none other than the late Dimebag Darrell. Who knew ol’ Dimebag would influence a hip-hop laden vamp—you just never know where your next idea will come from.
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